The library’s Seed Library will open with hundred of varieties of vegetable, herb, and flowers seeds available for free to all community members. A library card is not required to check out seeds.
The collection is made up of seeds that community members donated from vegetables and flowers they grew in their gardens last year, and also from seeds donated to the library from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds, High Mowing Organic Seeds, and Seed Savers Exchange. Seeds have been repackaged into envelopes containing about enough seeds to plant a 10′ row.
The collection is located in an old card catalog on the first floor of the library, around the corner from the Information Desk. Seeds are organized by type of seed in each drawer and specific varieties rubberbanded together.
To check out seeds, visit the library and flip through the Growing Guide for available varieties or browse through the drawers containing the seeds. Note that supplies of seeds are limited and first come-first served. Not all varieties may be available throughout the planting season. Choose up to 20 packets, no more than 2 packets of any variety. Then just fill out a Check Out form and return it to the Information Desk.
Find information on how to plant seeds in the Growing Guide or check out the many books the library has on gardening.
If you have a successful harvest, please bring seeds back to the library October 2021 – January 2022 to help replenish the collection. Information about saving seeds is available in the Growing Guide, and the library also has several books on seed saving.
The Seed Library will remain open until July 1.
While public gatherings remain limited, librarians are still leading lively book discussion groups on Zoom! The library offers 6 different groups that discuss a variety of genres. Participants can pick up a copy of the book for most of the groups at the Check Out desk a few weeks before the discussion; some books may also be found in digital format.
To come to a group, register for it on the Adult Upcoming Events page. You’ll receive an email confirmation containing a Zoom link. When the meeting starts, just click on the link in your email. You do not need to have Zoom software on your computer. To participate fully, you will need a web camera and a microphone; if you do not, you will be able to see and hear the discussion, but not be seen or heard.
Meets the first Monday of the month at 11:00 am to discuss popular recent books. On Monday, April 5, discuss The Love Proof by Madeleine Henry, and enjoy a visit from the author.
This book group discusses a variety of diverse romance novels on the second Tuesday of every other month. On Tuesday, April 13, discuss The Blacksmith Queen by G.A. Aiken.
Meets the 3rd Thursday of each month at 7:00 to discuss books from authors who have been historically sidelined due to discrimination. On Thursday, April 15, discuss The Color of Water by James McBride.
Meets the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 7:00 to discuss classical and award winning literature. On Tuesday, April 20, celebrate National Poetry Month with other literature lovers! Choose a poem (no more than 2 pages) and either email to [email protected] or drop it off by Monday, April 19. Then join a lively discussion about the poems and see what themes emerge.
Meets the last Monday of each month at 6:30 pm to discuss popular recent books. On Monday, April 26, discuss Dear Child by Romy Hausmann.
COVID-19 CORONAVIRUS SERVICE UPDATES – January 14, 2021
While Portage County has returned to Level 3 ‘Red’ for the last several weeks, the library will continue in our current limited service model due to increased cases in Ohio. Please see below for latest safety measures and recommendations during our Library Express phase. We look forward to resuming all regular library activities in person when it is safe to do so.
COVID-19 CORONAVIRUS SERVICE UPDATES – December 11, 2020
- The library building will remain open for computer use, Wi-Fi use, and browsing. Patrons are asked to limit their visit to one hour.
- Whenever possible, send just one member of your household to the library.
- For contactless service, utilize self-pick up of holds and self-checkout in the lobby.
- Place holds online, on the phone, through live chat, or by email and pick up at the drive-thru window.
- Masks are required at the drive-thru window.
- Anyone uncomfortable using the drive-thru window may continue to use curbside pickup.
- Patrons who need to print may speak with a librarian to request pick up and payment for printed materials at the drive-thru window.
- Food is limited to the café area only.
- Winter Reading materials for the Youth Services Department are available to pick up and drop off at the drive-thru window.
- Kits for Youth and Adult Services Department programs may be picked up at the drive-thru window.
- Masks and social distancing are required inside the building at all times.
- Library programs will continue in virtual format; check the event calendar for details.
We look forward to the day when we can resume all regular library activities.
For the most up-to-date information about library services please check our website or Facebook page. Contact the library Director with any questions or concerns.
December 8, 2020: The library building is currently open for walk-in browsing and borrowing. Self-checkout is encouraged. Computer use remains limited to one hour per day. Masks are required and patrons are asked to limit their visit to one hour per day.
Patrons are encouraged to continue taking advantage of reserving items online and picking them up using contact-free options including Curbside Pickup or the Drive-Thru Window. You may return items 24/7 at the drive-thru return or the exterior return bins near the parking lot entrance.
Please note the following updates:
- If you or a member of your immediate household are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or recently tested positive for COVID-19, please do not return your items to the library. Please email [email protected] for assistance if you receive overdue notices while quarantining due to a COVID-19 illness.
- Due to the end of Daylight Savings Time, starting on Monday, December 14th:
- Delivery to vehicles for Curbside Pickup will end at 5:30 p.m. Monday – Friday
- Arriving after 5:30 p.m.? Please use the Drive-Thru Window to pick up items.
- Due to the risk of inclement weather and to keep our staff safe this winter:
- The Curbside Pickup procedure is subject to change. You will receive instructions from library staff after you call the library from one of the marked curbside spaces in the parking lot.
The Youth Services librarians will offer several virtual programs to get ready for the holiday. Registration is required for each and begins one week in advance. Attendees will receive an email containing a Zoom link and password and a list of any supplies needed to participate. Please try to log in five to seven minutes prior to the program to make sure your technology is working.
Holiday Tales and Treats
Tuesdays, December 1, 8, and 15 at 4:00 pm
Children entering kindergarten through 2nd grade are invited to a holiday edition of Virtual Tales and Treats! Grab a snack, some drawing supplies, and get ready for a great holiday tale, Ryan Tubridy’s The First Christmas Sweater.
Books and Cooks
Monday, December 14 at 4:00 pm
Children ages 6 to 12 can make Puppy Chow!
December 14 through the 18
Preschool through 3rd grade can master the skills it takes to be an elf with new training videos released each day at 4:00 pm on the library’s Facebook page & YouTube channel! The final Elf School will be a live Zoom meeting with a holiday costume contest, presentation of participants’ official elf name, and more!
Holiday Story Time Live on Facebook
Tuesday, December 15 at 7:00 pm
Visit our Facebook page to watch our LIVE holiday story time! Enjoy songs, stories, flannel boards and even a visit from Santa!
Ready, Set, Art!
Wednesday, December 16 at 6:30 pm
Students in kindergarten through 3rd grade are invited to create two different pop-up cards! Registrants will receive a list of supplies they’ll need to collect.
Make and Take Craft Kit
Beginning Monday, December 7
Families with children in 6th grade and under can stop by the Children’s Room to pick up a craft kit to take home! Choose from a Christmas option or a seasonal option. Kits are available on a first come first serve basis.
New Year’s Eve Family Fun Pack
Beginning Monday, December 21
Families with children in 6th grade and under are invited to pick up a New Year’s Eve Fun Pack in the Children’s Room! Packs will include noise makers, a craft, a fun recipe and other supplies to make your New Year’s Eve a blast! Packs are available on a first come first serve basis.
Season’s Readings: Winter Reading Program
December 1, 2020 – February 26, 2021
Celebrate the winter by reading! Participants from birth to age 17 are invited to participate in our Winter Reading Program!
Participants may visit the library to pick up a Winter Reading Record. Each record has strips of paper for you to write the titles of books you read. Fill in your name and phone number on the back of the slips of paper. Once you’ve completed an entire page of strips, bring it back to the library. Participants may complete as many strips as they would like, but may only have one (1) record at a time.
Each completed strip will be added to our Season’s Readings Paper Chain at the library; and will be entered to win a grand prize! Winners will be randomly selected from the paper chain during a Facebook Live event on March 1, 2021. Grand Prizes include an Amazon Kindle and $25 Target gift cards. Each participant can only win one (1) Grand Prize.
Monday – Thursday 9:00 am – 9:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sunday 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Hours had been shortened an hour during the week and the library had not had Sunday hours since reopening after the March closure due to Covid-19.
The library will continue to operate under “Express” service, which means that patrons are encouraged to spend no more than one hour in the building per day, and computer use is also limited to one hour. All soft seating has been removed and remaining seating has been configured for social distancing. Conference and study rooms are not available. As per state and city mandates, masks are required by all patrons and staff while in the building.
Students in grades 1 through 6 can help us create our own Minecraft world. Participants will teach Miss Caylee, a complete Minecraft beginner, how to set things up and have input as to how she plays the game.
Registration is required on the Youth Upcoming Events page for each week’s program. You will receive an email at 4:00 pm the afternoon of the program containing a Zoom link and password to join the virtual program. We suggest logging in five to seven minutes prior to the start time to make sure your technology is working.
Patrons of all ages are invited to participate in the 2020 Kent Free Library Pumpkin Showcase! Send a photo of your carved or decorated pumpkin to [email protected] by Friday, October 23, 2020 to enter. Include the participant’s full name (first and last), if the creator is an adult or child, and a phone number. All photo submissions will be showcased on the Kent Free Library’s social media during the week of October 26 – October 31, 2020.
If you’ve been saving your Acme receipts that show Community Cashback for purchases of selected products, now is the time to bring them in! Receipts must be dated on or before December 26 to be valid. We will continue to collect receipts for a few days after the 26th. Return receipts at the Check Out Desk.
Last year we earned $716.44, which helped expand our Board Game Collection!
When libraries closed due to the pandemic in March, SearchOhio also ceased operations. SearchOhio is a statewide service that connects dozens of libraries together in order to allow patrons access to over 10 million items. Patrons may search for items in the consortia catalog, place holds, and request to have materials delivered to their home library within a couple weeks.
SearchOhio is a great way to get items that are not available within the Portage Library Consortia, especially because it includes many large systems, including Cuyahoga County Public Library, Akron-Summit County Public Library, the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, Columbus Metropolitan Library, Warren-Trumbull County Library, the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, Toledo Public Library, and more.